MA Librarianship student Chloe Beswick attended the LILAC Conference 2018 in Liverpool, along with other staff and students from the Information School. Here are her thoughts on the conference.
I was one of the students fortunate enough to receive an Information School student bursary to attend LILAC 2018 in Liverpool. LILAC (Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference) is an opportunity for librarians and information professionals to come together and discuss information literacy and explore what libraries are doing to teach and develop information literacy skills.
This was the first time I had ever attended an academic conference and it was such a brilliant experience. Everyone was so enthusiastic about information literacy! As a MA student, I thought I would feel out of place, but it was soon clear that delegates came from a variety of library backgrounds. During the three days, I helped at the Information School exhibition stand which was a great opportunity to meet other delegates, speak to prospective students and chat to Information School alumni.
As this was my first conference, I was very excited to go to all the parallel sessions and discover what other libraries were doing in regards to information literacy. Over the three days, there were over 70 different parallel sessions scheduled and trying to decide which session to go for was a challenge! LILAC is a very Twitter heavy conference, so you could often catch up on the sessions you missed by following #lilac18.